Prayer for Third Week after Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Messiah and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and [Read More...]

Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul? – An Engagement with Daniel Kirk’s New Book

I am writing the final post on the blog tour for Daniel Kirk’s new book, Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?. You can see all the posts on the tour here at the Blog Tour Hub. I will be engaging the final chapter of the book which is titled “Living Interpretations”. Let me say that [Read More...]

The Messianic Confession of Simon Peter


Today the church celebrates the confession of the Apostle Peter recorded in the synoptic gospels in Matt 16:16 (par. Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20). When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; [Read More...]

Epiphany Prayer for Week Two


Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Messiah is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illuminated by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Messiah’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Messiah our Lord, who with you and [Read More...]


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As a supplement to my previous post, “Israel’s Proprietorship”, I was reminded of Kendal Soulen’s observation of “Israel-forgetfulness” in most of the ways we describe the Canon’s narrative unity. For most Christians, with whom I regularly interact, the unity of the canon is at the expense of Israel’s story. The standard reading of the Bible’s [Read More...]

A Thought for Sunday Worship


Psalm 100 concludes with a note of praise: For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations God’s goodness was one of the biblical authors’ favorite attributes of God on which to reflect. The word “good” is one of those words, like “beauty”, that is hard to define [Read More...]

Israel’s Proprietorship of God and His Creation


Have you ever thought about the fact that our access to the knowledge of God and creation are mediated by the story of Israel? Both the God we know (He’s known as the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) and the world He made are Israel’s proprietorship. Daniel Kirk in his new book Jesus Have [Read More...]

Christian Cynics, the Future of the Church


Andrew Byers has published a really good book Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint. This book is one that I resonated with. I must confess I am a Christian cynic, hopefully becoming what Andrew labels a “Cynic-saint”. What is a Christian cynic you ask? Andrew defines a Christian cynic as one who through [Read More...]